This is a rare complaint.
I got so many images yesterday that I like, that I had real trouble selecting which to show you. Though I have several other options (it was a wonderful photographic day), I chose landscapes as my focus (pun intended) for this edition.
How does this relate to my ongoing “seeing” question? I don’t have a complete answer to that question, but the things I saw yesterday were so magnificent that I had to celebrate them by attempting to capture their essence, and sharing it with you.
Despite a cool and slightly grey start, by noon, the day became one of crystal clarity and bright sun. In the late afternoon, I took a drive through Wainuiomata down to the South coast. The valley offers some lovely viewpoints and I got some quite pleasant pastoral views, and even the sheep browsing in paddocks of golden grass were nicely rim-lit. On the way back over the hill to prepare dinner, I paused at the lookout on the Wainuiomata hill.
Our beautiful capital city all dressed up to be seen at her best.
Our harbour was dressed in her finest blue, and had chosen green accessories, all set off by the glittering bright summer sun. That, I thought, would probably be my picture of the day.
I arrived home just as Mary got in from work, but I had prepared the meal before I set out so all was well. After dinner Mary looked out the window at th colours in the sky and on the hills and said “you should be out there.” Her price is far above rubies!*
So, leaving my dearly beloved to cope with the dishes, I went out with my cameras once more. Over the hill again I paused at the lookout, and constructed a panorama (stitched from 27 images). That one will supersede the earlier shot, I thought. I made three panoramas at three different times, and though I think they worked quite well, panoramas don’t lend themselves to web pages.
But there was still light, so onwards to the South. This was disappointing because I left my run about half an hour too late to get the last light on the valley floor. I kept going until I reached the car park by the beach at the Wainuiomata river mouth. You can see the very low angle of the remaining light.
The last light of a beautiful day gives a soft view of the distant mountains and to the right, Baring Head.
A lovely soft pink glow across the strait painted the Kaikoura ranges like an artistic backdrop to a theatrical set. The masts on Baring Head were catching the sun directly (the lighthouse itself is just beyond the ridge from this point of view).
On the way back, the valley was now in shadow, but the river was glassy calm and offered some nice reflection shots. Then I came again to the lookout at the top of the hill road. Clearly this was a very special evening. The sun had just gone below the horizon, but the sky was a glorious rosy gold, turning quickly towards red. Here in Wellington, we are far enough North that our twilight is quite short, so I had to set up quickly.
I love the combination of early evening shadow and the city lights of evening.
I made another panorama, but I think the simple single shots are more powerful. First, Lower Hutt and the Petone foreshore looked like a jeweller’s store getting ready for Christmas sales.
Compare this image with the daylight shot from the same place above
Swinging towards Wellington City, the great body of the harbour reflected the wonderful colours of the sky.
In the foreground are the Eastern Hills. Across the harbour, the first layer is the Miramar/Seatoun peninsula. The next layer back, with all the lights is along the ridge from Brooklyn. Behind that the ridge rises from the coast to Hawkins Hill. Beyond the sea mis in the far background, the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges contrast with the golden aftermath of sunset.
And then to the South West, 135 km away, the high peaks of the Kaikoura ranges dominate the darkening sky. Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the crowning jewel at 2,885 metres. I think this is my favourite shot of the day.
I hope you agree that it was a great day.